KARACHI -- Chairman, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Bilawal Bhutto Zaradari, on Saturday, castigated the federal government for prioritising economic development over health at a time when the whole nation was fighting against the deadly pandemic of COVID-19.
Addressing a press conference, the PPP chief flanked by Sindh Chief Minister, Syed Murad Ali Shah, Sindh Health Minister, Dr. Azra Pechuho and other party leaders, he said urged all the government allies to 'quickly dissociate from the coalition if they want to stay clean from any treason' against the country.
Lauding thte role of Baloch stalwart Akhtar Mengal, Bilawal said that he had no valid reason left for him to stay with this government and hopedAkhtar Mengal would stick to his decision.
Bilawal said that Prime Minister Imran Khan's opposition to the 18th amendment and the National Finance Commission award to the provinces was obvious for anyone to see.
Bilawal said that the prime minister was also against the 1973 constitution. Criticising the PM for speaking against the 18th amendment and the NFC commission, he said that the prime minister should have known better than to speak against the province where he was on a visit. He said it was highly lamentable that the prime minister equalled Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah to a dictator. He said that the government would be hard pressed to find even one hospital at par with the quality of the National Insititute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD). He said if the federal government was able to point out even one that comes up to its standards, the province would surrender control of all three hospitals sought by the government - the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD), Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) and the National Institute of Child Health (NICH).
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The PPP chairman said that the province had experienced economic repercussions as a result of the pandemic and the upcoming budgetary allocation was a great injustice with hospitals. He claimed that the government announced a Rs70 billion budget but under the fine print, one will find that the amount is kept aside for a 'slush fund' to be used by PTI MNAs. 'The government has cut down the budgets of the provinces and expects us to fight the outbreak on our own,' he said.
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